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After two brain surgeries, a loss of language and a breakup, beat producer Tokimonsta reflects on a tough few years

What happens when music stops making sense?

In early 2016, that nightmare scenario befell the electronic beat producer Jennifer Lee. After a creative ascent in which rhythm and melody fed her spirit while propelling her to international attention, she suddenly ceased to properly compute language and music.

Instead, the organized sound that once was her lifeblood turned into what she described as “screeching, metallic noise.”

Sounding like an explorer returning from a distant galaxy, she said, “I never knew that you could listen to music and not feel anything from it.”

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